Once known for its heavy industry, Carrington has become a fashionable retreat for many residents, with some opting for Carrington over popular inner city suburbs such as Cooks Hill.
Carrington sits on a spit on the opposite side of the Hunter River to Newcastle. Mayfield and Maryville border the area where the suburb connects to the mainland, while Islington and Wickham sit directly across from the main outcrop. Only four kilometres from Newcastle’s CBD, Carrington is accessed by the Cowper Street Bridge.
Named after former NSW Governor Lord Carrington, the suburb is essentially a town built on a mud island. It was known by the Indigenous population as wuna-r tee or ‘place of the mud crab’. Originally the land was quite small, but ships dumping ballast and other reclamation work eventually saw its size increase. In the 1860s the land became a residential suburb and a retreat for people who wanted to leave the buzz of the city. It still has quite a few historical buildings including the Hydraulic Power Station, built in 1977, and the Carrington Council Chambers, built in 1888.
“AS CARRINGTON CONTINUES TO BOOM, SO TOO DOES ITS CAFE CULTURE. THE SUBURB IS ALSO HOME TO SOME LOVELY RESTAURANTS, WHICH OFFER A SELECTION OF CUISINES.”